Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. This Must Mean Something

 

Perhaps it’s a new strain of bacteria. Or possibly a warning about an apocalyptic, cataclysmic event. Are the circular forms asteroids? Or boulders that spewed forth from a volcano? Is this similar to what archeologists found in uncovering Pompeii? Or maybe the warning has to do with Climate Change. Maybe there are only 300 days left to the dreaded Climate Catastrophe. Then what? Al Gore, Jr. and Elon Musk won’t let us on the giant space ark that’s been secretly constructed in the Himalayas because we don’t have reservations. It would be just like them.

Or is this possibly a message from an alien life form? A map showing several spiral galaxies. A map left for us found in the stacks of an old library of rare books in Italy or Egypt or someplace…from an alien visitor from a race of beings from a distant star system. Beings that died out because of constant bickering and fights over who gets the remote, so they mutually destroyed each other centuries ago in a massive war…but a planet that it’s probably safe now to travel to because all the radiation, if there was radiation, has dissipated and so when we get there we can dust off the ashes from their giant alien Barcaloungers, and see what freeze-dried alien munchies are in the pantry and what kind of beer they drank, and turn on their holographic televisions to see if they’re still operable and as lifelike as they must be for an advanced alien civilization and see if they had anything similar to Mr. Ed or Gilligan’s Island, Baywatch or Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I have dibs on the remote by the way.

But wait. There appears to be a human in the center of the image. Is he or she dancing? Is that a helmet? Possibly a space helmet? No, no, no. Must calm down. Not a space helmet. More like a nautilus shell. Who wears nautilus shells on their heads? The crew of Captain Nemo’s submarine, that’s who…when they venture forth on the ocean bottom to gather food. Of course. But why is the figure dancing? Did a moray eel get into his diving suit? No, no. Can’t be it. 

Is that the symbol for a church in the lower left? Ah, a religious prophecy of some sort. An eschatological warning. Mankind, okay fine, or womankind or humankind dancing hedonistically away from faith? And up from that in the upper left quadrant. Is that a figure pushing a shopping cart? A man pushing a plow? Or someone discarding or pounding on top of an old computer, more than likely a PC with a really old version of Windows that constantly crashes and one of those old computer mouses (mice?) with the cord still attached?

I know this must mean something. Of course, it could mean that it’s time to pick up the green pipe cleaners that my autistic son has bent, twisted, curled, and discarded on the floor of his room and throw them in the garbage. There is that.

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  1. Henry Racette Contributor

    Nice post, Brian. I was hoping you wouldn’t end it without explaining the nature of the image.

    I notice that one particular shape, the curl with the tight inner bend, seems to occur repeatedly. Almost every curled piece seems to feature that tight initial kink.

    I wonder why.

     

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    • April 23, 2019, at 8:38 PM PDT
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  2. Randy Webster Member

    Looks like someone blew up “The Dancing Men.”

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    • April 23, 2019, at 8:45 PM PDT
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  3. Brian Watt Member
    Brian Watt Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Henry Racette (View Comment):

    Nice post, Brian. I was hoping you wouldn’t end it without explaining the nature of the image.

    I notice that one particular shape, the curl with the tight inner bend, seems to occur repeatedly. Almost every curled piece seems to feature that tight initial kink.

    I wonder why.

    Well, it’s a mystery but he does repeat certain shapes.

    When he was about five or six, maybe younger, he watched the Disney movie of Pocahontas (not my favorite) and with one of his pipe cleaners (that we refer to as ‘twisties’) he recreated the joke/curved arrow that one of the characters places on his head (also an old Steve Martin prop) with the shape of feathers at one end, the pointed arrow tip (a triangle) at the other and a semi-circle in the middle. It’s a kind of talent.

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    • April 23, 2019, at 8:48 PM PDT
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  4. Weeping Member

    Love it! Totally reminds me of David Macaulay’s Motel of the Mysteries. Loved that too. (short video adaptation of the book.)

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    • April 23, 2019, at 8:51 PM PDT
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  5. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’m not saying it was aliens, but…

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    • April 23, 2019, at 9:42 PM PDT
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  6. Henry Racette Contributor

    EJHill (View Comment):

    I’m not saying it was aliens, but…

    Love this. 

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    • April 23, 2019, at 9:46 PM PDT
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  7. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    Well, I happen to know an ancient alien theorist from the History Channel who can say that without a doubt, this has something to do with the Knights Templars, or possibly Swamp People, cursing Oak Island.

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    • April 23, 2019, at 10:28 PM PDT
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  8. Jim McConnell Member
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    Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler (View Comment):
    Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler  

    Well, I happen to know an ancient alien theorist from the History Channel who can say that without a doubt, this has something to do with the Knights Templars, or possibly Swamp People, cursing Oak Island.

     Darn! Now you’ve given away The Secret of Oak Island, and I can’t watch it anymore.

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    • April 24, 2019, at 6:28 AM PDT
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  9. Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler Member

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler (View Comment):
    Muleskinner, Weasel Wrangler

    Well, I happen to know an ancient alien theorist from the History Channel who can say that without a doubt, this has something to do with the Knights Templars, or possibly Swamp People, cursing Oak Island.

    Darn! Now you’ve given away The Secret of Oak Island, and I can’t watch it anymore.

    I’m sure the season finale on Tuesday will clear up any remaining Oak Island mysteries.

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    • April 24, 2019, at 2:17 PM PDT
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